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Old 02-24-2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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Which do you tend to focus on more?
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:14 PM   #2
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Bench without a doubt.

for me personally my overhead #'s increase without doing them by pushing hard on the bench. for a while i tried to focus on overhead first and my #'s went nowhere on either lift.
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I hit them both really hard but prefrence wise I love to bench and find it easier
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I am stronger lb for lb on the bench, but i am giving preference to OH Press at the minute

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Seems like Bench is a staple!

Any particular reason in focusing on one over the other (beyond chest emphasis)?
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I've always just had a much easier time benching and always felt weak in the ohp.
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I ask out of curiosity, as it seems like most people will give preference to one above the other and stick to that for a long time.
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Seems like Bench is a staple!

Any particular reason in focusing on one over the other (beyond chest emphasis)?
I'm for equal focus, which rarely occurs. Most times guys do 9-12 sets of compounds for chest and 3-4 for shoulders. I don't particularly like that imbalance. Usually training imbalances lead to issues like tendinitis, injuries or whatever, so I inherently steer clear of them.

I will say that the stronger my OHP gets, the stronger my bench gets. I've noticed a direct correlation. I can't say this is necessarily shoulder driven...may be from improved tricep strength.
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Bench.

Why? I'm a powerlifter, OHP is an accessory lift, bench press is a competition lift.
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Bench is more a "must do" for me, but I really like OHP because it (was) my signature lift.

Not to sound like a chest-beater, but I do love to OHP other people's bench maxes. It excites me.
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